Reducing angina symptoms
There are many ways to treat chronic angina. Your cardiologist may suggest one or more of the options below based on your symptoms, health, and medical history.1 Click on the tabs to learn more.
Based on your angina and medical history, your cardiologist may suggest a medical procedure, in addition to your medicines, to treat your angina.
- Heart bypass surgery
Heart bypass surgery uses healthy blood vessels from your own body to bypass or go around a narrowed coronary artery. The blood vessels are placed around the narrow artery to give blood a pathway to the heart. Bypass surgery can help improve blood flow and relieve angina1
- Angioplasty/percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stenting
In this procedure, a tiny balloon is placed inside a blocked artery. The balloon pushes against the blockage or narrow area to open the artery. A stent or small tube may be put in the artery to keep it open. Angioplasty and stenting can help relieve chest pain.1 In some patients, bypass surgery or PCI may help to get rid of chronic angina. However, many patients who have these treatments still have angina up to 3 years later. If your doctor suggests a procedure, discuss risks, benefits, and other options before you make a decision15
- Enhanced external counterpulsation therapy (EECP)
This treatment can improve the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle by placing cuffs on the legs and inflating and deflating the cuffs in rhythm with the heartbeat1
The goal in treating chronic angina is to12:
- Reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort
- Allow a return to normal activities